July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 4 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480104-TC-JF-01; CL 22: 196-197


[4? January 1848]

Dear Forster,—Here is the paltry jotting,1 for which I have had to detain Henry; I do not think it worth a farthing to you.— Do as you will;—only be sure to put it into another than my dialect! And if you can in any way, contrive to have me delivered from all farther babble or concern in the discussion. I really do not care many pence how it end. N.B. I think you should admit that the controversy is “insignificant,” for such it really is. Nothing but a D'ye give it up; fit for Bruce and Co.

Finally, will it not be better to wait till next week?2 Then I can have Blakely's consent,—or even make him publish the two Letters in a Norfolk Paper;3 and then you can quote? Won't that do better. Think.—

Here has Bruce's ultimatum come today: very shrill indeed, and quite astonished and evidently much mortified that he has not in the least stirred my judgement!4— Read, and carefully preserve with the others.

Take care of that swelled face! Last night was a very mad proceeding; and we here are chargeable with Sin[?] towards you. In hope of better news tomorrow

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle